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Academy for Lifelong Learning Fall Registration Open

Fall class registration at the Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) continues through mid-September. Over 25 classes are still open, including several lecture series. These open classes cover a wide range of genre including: history, art, media, health, religion, writing and economics. Volunteer-led classes typically meet for two hours once a week for four to eight weeks. Most classes are held in SUNY Empire State College classrooms at 113 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs with several “on site” offerings at a variety of local outdoor venues. Most classes start the week of September 11 and run through the week of November 6. The fall term is sponsored by Prestwick Chase. Look for the Fall Term Class Registration and Membership Application packet in area libraries, the Academy office at 111 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs or on the website at www.esc.edu/all.  Registration forms are being accepted for open classes throughout the term. Several classes are full and waiting lists have been started. Call the Academy office for current class availability at 518-587-2100 x2415.

2nd Annual Taste of Travers

The Saratoga Senior Center presents the 2nd Annual Taste of Travers Celebration on August 25, 2017 from 6 – 10 p.m.  at the National Museum of Dance. The event will benefit the Saratoga Senior Center, with a portion of the proceeds going to Saratoga WarHorse. This fun-filled Travers and Saratoga themed event will recognize 2016 Travers winner Arrogate, with Honorary Chairs, Juddmonte Farms, jockey Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert. Our goal is to continue to create a long-standing tradition here in Saratoga. The event will include a racetrack theme, live music, dancing, open bar and gourmet foods. Event goers will experience a special guest appearance and book signing by celebrity chef Julie Taboulie, Travers handicapping session with Bruno De Julio and Tom Durkin, gourmet dinner stations by Old Daley Catering sponsored by US Foods, open bar, Makers Mark bourbon bar, cigar tastings by Smokin SAMS Cigar Shop, Mionetto’s welcome cocktail, live music by Bluz House Rockers with special guest Julian Fleisher- Director of the Orchard Project’s Cabaret and Entertainer Jermaine Wells DJ, as well as a pop-up boutique by Saratoga Trunk and valet parking by the Depaula Group. Free transportation from the track to the National Museum of Dance and from the event back downtown will be generously provided by CDTA. More details to follow. For exclusive experiences available in the VIP tent, please contact the Saratoga Senior Center.  Don’t miss this unforgettable party! Tickets may be purchased at tasteoftravers.eventbrite.com or by calling the Center at (518) 584-1621 to bypass registration fees. A limited amount of Senior Citizen tickets are available for members of the Saratoga Senior Center who are 60 or older. Please call the Saratoga Senior Center 518-584-1621 to purchase senior tickets.

19th Annual Travers Wine Tasting

This is one of Saratoga’s most anticipated charity events of the summer season! We hope you will join us at the Saratoga Springs City Center, located at 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs on August 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. for an evening of celebration and enjoy great wine, delicious food, and exciting live and silent auctions Specialty beers will also be available. This year the event will feature more than 100 types of wine to taste and an array of scrumptious foods provided by Mazzone Hospitality. Our 2017 Honorary Chair Persons are Walter and Michelle Borisenok. Once again Dale Romans, horse trainer extraordinaire, will be our featured racing guest. Dale’s horse Keen Ice won the Travers race in 2015! Reservations required. $135/person - General Admission

Limited to guests age 21 and older, identification required. Call the Development Office at 518-465-3322 for more information. Proceeds benefit the programs and services of Senior Services of Albany, a non-profit organization, serving seniors in the Capital Region for over 60 years. Come and enjoy an evening of food, drink, and fun, all while supporting one of the area’s most beloved non-profit organizations!

Car Show

Saratoga Wilton Elks Car Show will be on Saturday, August 26 (rain date August 27) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Proceeds to benefit our veterans and youth drug awareness programs.

Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe Fall Auditions

Town of Malta Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe announces their fall show “Pocahontas” will be performed November 17 and 18, perfectly timed right before Thanksgiving.  Auditions for actors, actresses, singers and dancers ages 7 through adult, will take place on August 27 and 28 at the Malta Community Center, by appointment only.  The musical production of Native American legend and lore, set in the early 1600s, requires a large cast of children, teens and adults for roles including: The Wordspinner, Thundercloud, Spirit of Mother Earth, Chief Powhatan, Aunt Morning Star, Charity Mathews, Thomas Rogers, Mercy Rogers, Pocahontas, Capt. John Smith,  Little Running Rabbit, Happy-She-Walks, Brave Eagle, Squirrel, Wolf, Raven, Margaret Wheeler, Barbara Matthews, Caroline and Jeremy. Chorus roles include additional Algonquins, Jamestown Settlers, and Forest Spirits. Those wishing to audition should contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518-899-4411 x 305.

Open Call for Singers – Burnt Hills Oratorio Society

Burnt Hills Oratorio Society welcomes singers for a performance of Haydn’s “The Creation.” Don’t miss this opportunity to sing with a professional orchestra and soloists from Opera Saratoga. The performance is Sunday, October 22, 2017, 4 p.m., Church of the Immaculate Conception in Glenville. First rehearsal is Tuesday, August 29, 7 p.m., Church of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Road, Glenville, 12302. Second rehearsal is Tuesday, September 5, 7 p.m., Jonesville United Methodist Church, 963 Main Street, Clifton Park, 12065. Subsequent rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at the BH-BL High School choral room. To learn more, or to print out a registration form, go to www.BHOS.us. OR arrive early (6:30 p.m.) to register. Walk ins and observers welcome. Call 518-416-4060 for more information.

Upstate Conservative Coalition of Saratoga

We are a group of like-minded individuals determined to promote traditional conservative values in our community and beyond. Join us at our monthly meeting to discuss how we can help promote our conservative policies in local, state and national politics. Check us out at: www.upstateconservatives.org. We meet the first Tuesday of every month (next meeting September 5) at the Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd. Ballston Spa from 7 – 9 p.m.

Tugboat Roundup

The museum will again be participating at Waterford’s annual event on Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10.  Stop by our booth to see us at the Waterford Harbor located at 1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford and check out what we’ve been up to at the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center. 

10th Annual Teeing Off on Cancer Golf Classic

Reaching a momentous 10th year, the annual Teeing Off on Cancer Golf Classic to benefit the Catie Hoch Foundation will be held September 9, 2017. This year’s event will be held in a new location, McGregor Links in Wilton. The day starts with a welcome lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by a round of golf at 1 p.m., and ends with an evening of casual dining, cocktails and dancing at the After Par-Tee, beginning at 6 p.m. Dance the night away to live music by the extraordinary “Grand Central Station,” enter for raffle prizes, and bid on outstanding auction items with celebrity auctioneer Benita Zahn.  Auction items include a signed copy of JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and a year membership to McGregor Links.  There is also a chance to win an all-inclusive trip for two to the Dominican Republic or Cancun. More information about the tournament, including online registration and tickets for the After Par-Tee can be found on the foundation’s website http://www.catiehochfoundation.org/ or by going to http://www.teeingoffoncancer.org/. 

Town of Greenfield Annual Town Wide Garage Sale

Sponsored by the Greenfield Center Baptist Church the garage sale will take place on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get in on the community fun, find those treasures, bump into people you haven’t seen in a while and enjoy our Town and what it has to offer. There will be crafters and vendors at the Hairport Lot on Rt 9N and Wilton Rd. , the Greenfield Lions will have a food booth serving hot breakfast, French fries and hot lunch and a silent auction. Be sure to check out the Garage Sale Map for other events happening in town this weekend. For more information call Verna Plummer at 518-885-0349 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Pickins’ Sessions 

Get ready for a great evening of music. On Wednesday, September 13 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the popular Ballston Area Seniors Pickins’ Session will be held at the Milton Community Center, located at 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa. Admission is free, open to the public, and there is ample free parking. The Sessions could use fiddlers, bass players…even a harmonica, to make the evening more diversified and entertaining. Musicians are invited to play background or join up with a group. Amateur musicians to professionals, members or non- members, young or not-so-young, are invited to come and recapture the joy of playing. Please bring finger foods to share. So, bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica or whatever you use to make music – or just come. Please check out our web page at www.ballstonareaseniors.com for more information.

Bus Tour to New York Botanical Gardens

A bus tour to the New York Botanical Gardens on September 15 is open to the public. The tour is sponsored by District IV of the Federated Garden Clubs of NYS (FGCNYS). The highlight of the visit will be twenty breathtaking works of glass art by Dale Chihuly on display throughout the gardens. The cost of the tour includes transportation, admission to the gardens, and dinner in Kingston on the way back. Buses leave from Queensbury and Wilton. The price is $94 for members of the FGCNYS; $99 for non-members. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 518-587-3085.

Taste of Showcase 

A special “Taste of Showcase” preview is scheduled for Friday, September 15 from 5 – 10 p.m. featuring food samplings from area chefs along with local beer and wine tastings. A limited number of tickets for this evening will be available and more information about this event regarding location and ticket prices will be announced at a later date. 

Ghost in the Garden

Experience the spirit(s) of the garden. Feel the energy and creativity of the forces of the earth.

Share in the spiritual intrigue from Native Americans, Edgar Allen Poe, the Trask Family and other contemporary visitors. Tours will be held in the garden only not the Mansion, Friday and Sunday evenings at 5 p.m., starting Friday, September 15 to Sunday, October 29. Docent led tours begin at the Yaddo parking lot and last approximately one hour. Cost $10/person (children 12 and under free). Private docent led ghost tours may be arranged at a date convenient to your group. Contact Yaddo at 518-584-0746 or www.yaddo.org for more information.

Walk with Compassion Capital Region

As a community, we are taking a stand for children living in poverty. Children around the world face unimaginable challenges — disease, hunger, abandonment, abuse — and we are going to make sure someone is there for them in their hour of need.This fundraiser is designed for young and old. No matter your age or circumstances, you have the power to make a difference in the life of a child. There is no better opportunity than this to inspire friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to unite for a common purpose. Become a fundraiser today, and join us on the day of the event for an inspiring celebration of the impact we have made. The event will take place on September 16 at the Halfmoon Town Park, located at 162 NY-236 in Clifton Park. For more information or to register visit www.walkwithcompassion.com. 

Bus Trip to the Bronx Zoo

Notre Dame Visitation Church is sponsoring a bus trip to the Bronx Zoo on Saturday, September 16.  Bus leaves Wilton Mall 6 a.m. and returns approximately 8:30 p.m.  Adults cost $75 and children ages 12 & under cost $65.  To reserve your tickets, please contact Anne Cadwallader at 518-695-6787 or Darlene Bolduc 518-695-6743.  This is a fundraiser for the Church renovation. 

The 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes

Celebrating 22 years of exceptional homes, this annual fall tradition will once again run over three beautiful weekends this September 16-17, 23-24 and 30-October 1.  This year will have a total of 17 new home locations on display in Saratoga County. Tickets to visit all these homes will still only be $20. For more information visit.

Feast of the Fields 2017

This year Feast will be held Thursday, September 21 from 5:30-9 p.m. at Saratoga National Golf Club. It promises to be a fun-filled, delicious evening featuring top chefs preparing small plates from fresh ingredients harvested by local farms, along with enticing products and drinks from local producers. Our theme this year is a classic fall staple–squash. For more information visit our website http://www.saratogaplan.org/whats-new/upcoming-events/feast-of-the-fields/.

Museum Day Live

Enjoy free admission on September 23, 2017 to the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center. with a printout or digital copy of your museum day live ticket from Smithsonian magazine. 

BSBPA Seeks Property Beautification Nominations

The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association is requesting nominations for its 2017 Property Beautification Awards in Ballston Spa. The awards are given in recognition of the restoration, renovation, new build, and beautification efforts by homeowners and businesses, which have enhanced the Ballston Spa area.  For criteria details and online nomination form visit  www.ballston.org. Printed forms will also be available at the Village of Ballston Spa Office, 66 Front Street and should be mailed to: 2017 Beautification Awards, c/o BSBPA, PO Box 386, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.  All nominations should be made by September 8, 2017.

Volunteers Needed

Hugs from Henry is a non-profit group dedicated to the rescue and placement of shelter dogs.. Our mission is to pull dogs from “kill shelters” and rehome these dogs into loving foster or permanent homes.  We’re in need of dedicated volunteers. Please come to our next volunteer meeting held at the Ballston Spa Public Library on Saturday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. in lower level meeting room.  We need dog fosters and people willing to help with fundraising events.

Please email Barb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and if you plan on attending.

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